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University and hospital team up for emergency drill

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The tragedy in Boston is evidence of the importance of preparing for such a disaster, no matter how rare.

Wednesday Mount Mercy University and Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids conducted a mock emergency drill.

Officials simulated a fake chemical explosion on Mount Mercy's campus.

The exercise offered first responders and medical professionals important training.

"We always try to maintain a point of readiness 365 days a year, so we do these drills on a routine basis, we all become a little complacent when we don't' have to use those skills, but after the Boston situation, certainly that hit home for a lot of people," said Mike Wilwol, Mercy Management and Safety Officer.

During the drill more than 2,000 people were evacuated and 15 were transported to Mercy Medical Center to be treated.

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